Your end-of-year gift will support student artists and scholars

Tartuffe, Fall 2018

Dear Friends, 

We wish you the best during this holiday season! Here in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, we’ve enjoyed a productive and exciting year filled with performances, talks, classes, workshops, and so much more. Through the performing arts, and the study of performance, we continue to find common ground from which to better understand ourselves and others.

TDPS encourages diverse voices to be heard and witnessed. We build community that collaboratively responds to a rapidly changing world. We are not only training the next generation of artists and scholars, but also shaping a generation of empathetic, engaged citizens who understand the value of the arts in society. We have an important role to play and we can use your help!

While we are experiencing an increase in student demand for our classes, we have not received an increase in funding from the university. In order to provide excellent student experiences, we rely on support from our friends, like you. Gifts to TDPS greatly impact our ability to invite guest artists and scholars (see how the Shelly Osborne Visiting Artist Fund is being utilized). Donations also directly support students through our workshops, scholarships, productions, and facilities improvements. 

Please support TDPS today with a gift that is meaningful to you. Any amount, whether $25 or $2,500, will help us continue our forward momentum and enable us to offer students unparalleled hands-on learning experiences. Together, we can make TDPS a home where students become inspired and collaborative arts innovators and human beings.

Thank you for your generous support.

Lisa Wymore
Department Chair


Click here to make a gift to TDPS

Make checks payable to UC Berkeley Foundation and mail to:

TDPS Annual Fund
Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
University of California, Berkeley
15 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2560


There are a variety of ways to support the work of TDPS. Every gift, no matter the size, is valuable and appreciated.

  • Annual Fund – Providing yearly support to our operating budget through the generous donations of supporters of TDPS, the Annual Fund supports artist residencies, visiting scholars, special workshops/lectures, and professional development coaching for students. The Annual Fund also helps support the smaller class sizes necessary to develop artistic and expressive skills in young artists and thinkers.
  • David Wood Endowment – The David Wood Endowment provides a base of support for TDPS  in perpetuity. Income generated from the fund helps to underwrite dance program expenses above and beyond the annual dance budget.The endowment was established to honor David Wood and the dedication with which he and Marni Thomas Wood worked to establish the dance program here at UC Berkeley.
  • In-kind Kindness – As we host receptions, donor gatherings, student celebrations and holiday parties throughout the year, we are always grateful for “in-kind” donations of food, drink, or party-hosting.
  • Planned Gifts – By making a gift in your will or estate plans, you can show your support and appreciation for TDPS’s mission, while accommodating your personal and philanthropic goals. If you are interested in making a planned gift, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 510-642-6300 or